Exciting collaboration

Hey guys!

Me and Patricio have got some very exciting news - we’re doing a colab with a travel agency here in Quito! After some e-mails and a meeting, we are now off to Amazonas for 4 days. We’re actually leaving tonight (even though the tour starts tomorrow morning). It will take us five hours by bus to reach the town of Lago Agrio where we have our meetup. Me and Patricio are so excited for this tour but we’re actually there to work, so that’s really fun!

I won’t have internet until friday and then you can bet I have a lot of photos (and even maybe some videos). Since it’s raining a lot in the rainforest we’ve prepared with rain ponchos. Until then - here are some photos from our Christmas in Papallacta - I really love the nature up in the mountains..

Christmas in Papallacta

Happy Christmas!!

I hope you all had a lovely and peaceful Christmas. I really love Christmas, it is definitely my favourite time of year but yesterday was a bit different than our normal celebrations. Since me and Patricio currently are in Ecuador we felt we had to do something fun for Christmas, so we decided to go to a place called Papallacta. It is a small town in the mountains, about 2 hours from Quito.

We took a cab around 12 yesterday and arrived around 14:00. The road to Papallacta was extremely beautiful. We drove through the mountains, in deep valleys and above the clouds. To be right in the clouds is so cool, you only see a few metres a head, and the rest is just a white fog. 

Along the road we passed warning signs with bears, it was a bit funny since we have those at home but with moose. Anyway, we never saw any bears, only mountain peaks and cows. When we finally arrived to the facility it was so nice to go out of the car and stretch the legs. We were taken to our hotel room and right outside the room there were beautiful thermal springs. It was one of the prettiest things I’ve seen. We just left our backpacks in the room and quickly changed into bathing suits and directly stepped into the steamy hot springs. The water was really warm, we had to go in slow. It was so nice and peaceful to sit in the warm water, watching the mountains and listening to the soothing sound of running water.

After half an hour or so, we changed into normal clothes and went for a little hike. There was a walk for 4,5 kilometres and we decided to go for a stroll. The nature up here in the mountains is stunning. Since Papallacta is located 3 473 metres above sea level, the clouds are constantly here, surrounding the mountain peaks. The clouds really make everything look so mysterious. 

During our walk we saw some beatiful trees, plants and flowers and we also crossed a small waterfall. Yesterday I got to be the “camera man”, so all the pictures (except the ones of me) is taken by me :-) Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did! (I have plenty more pictures but I’ll save them for another day. 

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After our lovely hike we returned to the hotel room. I quickly got changed into my bikini again and went straight out and in the warm water. Patricio chilled out a bit outside in a chair and took some pictures. Even though most of the hotel rooms were booked this day, it was only us in the water - so nice!

After just 20 or 30 minutes I went back into the room (you can actually not stay in the water too long since it’s so hot). I had a shower and fixed myself a bit. In the special Christmas package that we bought, a Christmas dinner was included at 18:30. Since the clock was only 17:30 we decided to have a drink in the bar. After a glass of red wine we stepped into the restaurant.

The three course dinner was alright but the service was awful! The second after we had finished our last sip from the soup, the waiter directly served us dinner. It was a shame since we wanted to really enjoy ourself and not rush it. But, apart from the stressy service, the dinner was ok. 

Guess what we did right after the dinner? Soaked in the warm water…

It’s beginning to look a lot like..

Hey my friends!

Tomorrow it’s christmas! I guess you all are all in preparations, buying delicious christmas food, singing along to “Last christmas..” and are a bit excited for tomorrow. I love christmas, it’s my absolute favourite season of the whole year. This would be the second time in my life that I don’t celebrate christmas with my family, but that’s alright since we celebrated christmas early this year before we left. 

Here in Ecuador they love christmas too. They have decorated every store, every park and every restaurant - big christmas trees in bright neon colors, blinking lights and christmas carols. But I really don’t have any christmas spirit at all, thank god! 

But, we felt that it would be pretty depressing to stay in the little apartment on christmas so we booked ourselves a really nice spa-weekend! About 2 hours from Quito there is a place called “Papallacta”, this small town has it’s own hot springs. You know where I’m going with this? So, we’ve booked a nice room with our own jacuzzi and we get to soak in the hot springs all night (how cool will that be to lay in the hot water under a starry sky?). And there is also a christmas buffé included - yay! 

(sorry for “old” pics, tomorrow I will take some nice pics from the thermal springs)

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